When you have been the victim in an accident or other matter where you have suffered personal injury, it’s important that you receive counsel from experienced attorneys. If you have been injured through no fault of your own, you need to speak with a Springfield, MO attorney to know your rights and the amount of compensation with which you are entitled. At Preston Law, we are experienced and aggressive Missouri personal injury attorneys who will take your case to trial and fight for you in court to recover the optimal amount of compensation for you on your personal injury claim. Additionally, our experienced attorneys offer a free consultation to talk with you about your claim. We are Springfield, Missouri injury attorneys who help people throughout Missouri on serious injury claims.
What is a Personal Injury claim?
A personal injury claim is a claim of a person that has been injured due to the negligence of another person or company. Typically, personal injury claims involve auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls on ice or a defect in property, construction accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, boating accidents, semi-tractor trailer accidents, farm accidents, dog bites, or other acts that injure an innocent person. At Preston Law, we work hard to effectively help people who have been seriously injured due to the negligence of others to recover the optimum amount of compensation for their injuries.
Who are the possible Defendants in a Personal Injury Claim?
Oftentimes, a Defendant is simply a person that makes a mistake and negligently hurts another person with no harm intended. This mistake might be causing a car accident, negligently cleaning a walkway, or failing to use common sense. Usually, an insurance company will have coverage for the Defendant that is negligent. Sometimes, a person injures another while working for his or her employer. In these cases, both the individual person and their employer will be liable, and the insurance company for both of them will be involved. We always try and settle the case first with the insurance company, but if the insurance company does not treat our client fairly, we will file suit and go to court.
Is an insurance company involved in a Personal Injury Claim?
Most claims involve insurance coverage under an auto insurance policy, a homeowner’s insurance policy, or a comprehensive general liability (“CGL”) policy. Generally, if a Defendant does not have insurance, it is sometimes difficult to collect on a judgment even if you win in court. However, one exception to that general rule is if a Defendant does not have automobile insurance but you do, you still may have a valid action for recovery. If you are unsure about whether a Defendant is insured, you can consult with one of our lawyers about your case and we can help you discover whether there is insurance available and how much insurance exists.
How do I get medical treatment for my Personal Injury?
Under Missouri law, a defendant who physically injures you can be held liable for medical bills and expenses related to the specific injury. If you have health insurance (private, Medicare, Medicaid, Tri-Care, etc) you will typically get your care as needed and your medical insurance will be reimbursed out of your settlement or judgment from a lawsuit. If you have no insurance, there are private companies that may be of assistance in getting medical treatment.
How do I get paid for time while I’m off work or losing wages?
Under Missouri law, a Defendant who injures someone is liable for past lost wages, past lost benefits, and for future lost wages or decreased earnings due to the injury. In catastrophic injury cases, such as spinal cord trauma, burns, back injuries, or amputations, a person may not be able to ever work again. We have many experts who can help evaluate your serious injury case.
What types of injuries do you handle?
At Preston Law, we have experience handling a large variety of serious personal injuries. We have handled spinal cord injuries, paralysis, brain injuries, broken bones, herniated discs, closed head injuries, soft tissue back and tissue injuries, amputations, burns, lacerations, and almost any other injury you can imagine. We have expert doctors, economists, and vocational rehabilitation specialists to help explain how these serious personal injuries have and will continue to impact and completely change your life. We are experienced lawyers handling serious personal injury claims and strive to get our clients the best care and compensation.
How do I get a settlement rather than go to Court?
An insurance company and you must agree to a settlement to avoid court. No one can make an insurance company or Defendant pay you prior to a trial. If the insurance company is reasonable, a settlement can avoid a lengthy trial. But, if an insurance company is unreasonable, you need a real trial attorney who actually goes to court and is willing to try your case. Many “Springfield Injury Attorneys” or “Missouri Injury Lawyers” spend a lot on advertising and do not actually work up your case and go to trial. Ask any lawyer you talk to how many jury trials they have personally done. We always seek settlement, but we will not recommend a settlement unless we truly believe it is the best option in your case. Ultimately, it is always your decision whether or not to settle your case and we are here to offer you the best available advice on your case.
What are the time limits for me to file a Personal Injury Claim in Missouri?
You should immediately contact a lawyer after your auto accident in order to know your rights and get your case filed quickly and correctly. The time limits of most Missouri personal injury claims vary from two years to five years in which to file a lawsuit. For more information regarding your statute of limitations in cases involving auto accidents, see Missouri Revised Statutes, §516.120, or contact a lawyer immediately. Some claims are even less than two years so you should not rely on that time limit applying to your specific case. It is always better to get a lawyer involved as soon as possible to help you preserve evidence in your case and get your case timely filed so that you do not forfeit any available rights or remedies.
Why should I hire a personal injury attorney and what do you charge?
At Preston Law, we only get paid if you get paid. Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingent fee basis that explicitly states that you owe us nothing for attorney’s fees if we don’t collect for you. Hiring a lawyer is a personal decision, but at Preston Law we have a team of four lawyers and a large office staff of experienced legal professionals, all armed with expert knowledge of personal injury litigation. Our goal is always to recover the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries through trial or the settlement process. Unlike some personal injury firms, if the insurance company will not offer you a reasonable settlement, we will take them to court and have a jury decide your case. We practice throughout all of Missouri, but our office is located in Springfield, Missouri. We regularly handle cases in the surrounding areas including: Ozark, Nixa, Branson, Joplin, Monett, Neosho, Bolivar, Camdenton, Nevada, Lamar, and Mount Vernon.
You will not have to worry about paying us an upfront fee to pursue your personal injury case. We only get paid if you get paid and we charge nothing to meet with you to discuss your case. If you have been injured in an auto accident, please contact Preston Law for a no obligation appointment with one of our experienced lawyers. Our office phone number is (417) 616-5000 or toll free at (866) 953-6736. You can also contact us online with the form provided on the sidebar of this page.